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Caught in two world wars, the Canal Du Nord only opened to traffic in in 1965. The longer of its two tunnels, the 4,350 metre one at Ruyaulcourt, has a passing place in the middle. Much of this waterway will be superseded by the forthcoming Seine - Nord Europe Canal.

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On this day in 2005


end of the Hythe Bridge Arm (Oxford)

and the trip there was also relevant to another current thread here.


And #3429 is also 2005 (mistyped the year). EA were doing a review of paddle and rymer weirs on the Thames in 2014 and NABO were campaigning to save it unchanged in 2015, which the Oxford Mail had reported as successful

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On this day in 2018



Around Leicester North Lock No 42 GU Leicester Line






On 27/08/2020 at 19:58, Victor Vectis said:



And some might argue that graffiti is 'brightening up an otherwise dull piece of brickwork'.




Leicester seems to have lots of brickwork which has had these artworks commissioned, and rumour has it C&RT have another similar project lined up hereabouts.


Graffiti on the artworks is the worst of all worlds, and given a choice I would have the brickwork with neither.


That's a canal-environment view, I suppose. Local residents might enjoy the brightening-up of the brickwork. I wonder if anyone has the money or enthusiasm to keep them in brightened-up-condition.

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56 minutes ago, Naughty Cal said:

Brilliant news. Hope to see them both running next year when we head down that way again.

Humber Pride (renamed Exol Pride) is doing the lub oil Rotherham runs and Humber Princess(I think renamed Exol Princess) is still around but was converted to a different role- heavy lift barge I seem to remember but I'm sure someone will confirm. 






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On this day in 2019



Knostrop Weir A+C - part of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme




and the Flood Lock swivel bridge - the flood lock is now bypassed Compare #2446 (2020)




and the new bridge over Knostrop weir. I think it is supposed to have these wavy parapets.

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On this day in 1980



Blisworth Tunnel Southern Portal



There was an extended closure of the tunnel for repairs (see here)  and for our trip this year, boats were being taken through by BW staff while crews walked across. The picture at the Northern Portal is having recovered the boat from BW and reversed to the scary-notice for a picture.

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1 hour ago, PeterScott said:

There was an extended closure of the tunnel for repairs (see here)  and for our trip this year, boats were being taken through by BW staff while crews walked across.


While that was going on, I was told by one of the guys who worked for Tam & Di Murrell that most of the BW staff who were taking boats through over the busy summer period were just students taken on for the job, and given a minimum of training. This chap had turned up in his unloaded Big Northwich (can't rememebr now whether it was Stamford or Towcester), handed over to the student, who clearly knew nothing about speed wheel controls, or how to steer an unloaded working boat, and he made a complete pigs ear of trying to get the boat out from the bank and in line with the tunnel, finally ending up getting the boat stuck across the canal. So my mate had to climb on board, get the boat unstuck, and close enough to the bank to get off again. Whereupon the same thing happened again! This time, have got the boat lined up for the tunnel, the steerer was told to go into the cabin and sit there for the duration of the passage. So he spent the next 40 minutes, sitting in the dark with his boat bouncing from one tunnel wall to the other, and crashing into all the temporary wooden shoring in the centre section, which was presumably all that was stopping the tunnel from collapsing completely!

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The Festival d'Orleans on the Loire last September, with one of the boats arriving, and the horses used in the demonstration of how boat horses were ferried across the river. The final photo is of the aqueduct at Maintenant, which carried an uncompleted canal for supplying water to the Palace at Versailles. The canal was designed by Vauban, who is best known for his design of fortifications, and the aqueduct dates from 1684-1688.




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